Hand cyclist leaves Gainesville, continues bike tour
Bobby Scheppske / WUFT
Richard Dixon, paraplegic cyclist
Paraplegic biker, Rich Dixon, left Gainesville Monday morning to continue his Florida bike tour.
Dixon traveled 30,000 miles around the country hand cycling, with his wife Becky and service dog Monty following him on his journeys. Dixon began hand cycling after a fall while hanging Christmas lights left Dixon paralyzed from the chest down more than a decade ago.
Dixon is raising awareness for Convoy of Hope, an organization that works to feed impoverished children around the world. His journey along trails and busy roads began in Jacksonville and has led him as far south as the Everglades. He is reaching the end of his trip in north central Florida. So far, he has logged more than 760 miles. On his hand cycling adventures, Dixon hosts public speaking events.
Dana Edwards wrote this story online.
More Stories in Local
Know Where Coffee opened its doors this month. The new establishment proves the third-wave coffee culture is rising in popularity, especially across local coffee shops in Gainesville.
While Palatka’s government hopes to attract visitors to their area with the riverfront development project, a local business owner has his own idea for bringing in more people.
Cedar Key held its 51st annual Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival this past Saturday and Sunday, and experienced a large turnout from supporting counties and out-of-state visitors. The Festival showcased a number of different arts including jewelry, photography, wood making, and mixed media.
An abandoned house in Gainesville became a home for a group of individuals that call themselves “dirty kids.” The dirty kids feel that they are different from homeless people.
Chickens die in a chicken house fire at Saavedra Farms on Wednesday night.